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  • Thrive Theme Builder not compatible with WP Courseware?

    Posted by Deborah Savadra on October 20, 2020 at 6:02 am

    I just got a really surprising (and disappointing) answer from the people at Thrive about a persistent problem I have been having with the template I created specifically for use with my online courses:

    For the moment, Thrive Theme Builder does not support single post templates for custom posts, either created through the Custom Posts plugin or added by another plugin such as WP Courseware. There is already a request placed to support custom posts types created through the Custom Posts Type UI plugin, but in your case, it is entirely different. The reason being custom posts added by plugins such as WP CourseWare or membership plugins such as MemberPress have blocks that are not readily supported by Thrive Theme Builder. These are elements that are not available in the Thrive Theme Builder elements library because they are not made for Thrive Theme Builder.

    Any other WP Courseware people out there? This is really frustrating. I thought David Risley was using Thrive Theme Builder all over this site, but apparently not for the course content. I might not have gone through the work of switching had I known this up front.

    David Risley replied 1 year, 8 months ago 4 Members · 5 Replies
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  • Mark Nicholson

    October 20, 2020 at 3:06 pm

    Hi Deborah,

    It turns out Thrive is not compatible with dynamic sites. David put me onto this in this thread:

    and I confirmed it with Thrive support..

    I cancelled my Thrive Membership as a result, and in fact abandoned plans to build a WP site as well. All therse plug-in claim to be ‘everything you need’ but it turns out not to be the case 🙁

    – Mark

  • David Risley

    October 21, 2020 at 8:34 am

    I only use Theme Builder on the public site – not here in the LAB. In fact, I’ve been pretty open about the fact I use BuddyBoss here in the LAB and that Theme Builder would NOT be my recommendation for any dynamic membership site.

    I think the issue there is custom post types created by a plug-in, but I’m not sure. Because, I HAVE used Theme Builder to display custom post types and it worked just fine. You can create a post template for custom post types. So, again, the issue may be just the ones created by a plugin and not hard-coded.

    Last I used WPCourseare (a long time ago now), much of the output was injected using shortcodes. Which would still work with Theme Builder.

    But, yeah, overall…. Theme Builder is not the best option if you want a fully dynamic, custom membership site. It is best used on public sites used for marketing purposes.

  • Deborah Savadra

    October 21, 2020 at 11:24 am

    I never really considered mine to be a “dynamic site”, but if that’s what WP Courseware creates then …

    Switching major platforms is not really in the cards for me right now — too much else going on. I have reached out to the WP Courseware folks to see if they can recommend a developer to create one or more templates for their post types. I really do like the “full size video in the header” style and am determined to implement that, as I’m getting calls to do more and more instructional video (and have just built a new PC for that purpose).

  • Rob Dyer

    October 23, 2020 at 5:00 am

    Hi Deborah,

    I should preface by saying I’m not familiar with WP Courseware, but – would Thrive’s own Apprentice plugin not give you the functionality you need from WP Courseware?

    If it did, maybe you could keep your setup within the Thrive Themes suite?

  • David Risley

    October 27, 2020 at 10:42 am

    Apprentice is not a competitor to WP Courseware. WPCW is a full learning management system, whereas Apprentice simply organizes lessons into courses and little more than that.

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